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HistorianCindyA <[log in to unmask]>
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A LISTSERV list for discussions pertaining to New York State history." <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 21 Feb 2003 15:58:50 -0500
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First as to the header, I found it spelled both ways when searching the net for them so I wasn't sure which was correct. I also found it as Sanbourn and Parris Fire Insurance maps. Different company?
Pat from Skaneateles provided me with the local contact for my area, so I'm just going to order them (or have them search if there even is any) from EDR. Several colleges have online access, but only for students and staff.  Chris is right, it is a shame that access to these maps is not easy or cheap. Since this is part of a project I am doing for someone else, it won't be an out-of-pocket expense for me.  Unfortunately it is above my historian's budget to get them for my own town. A shame.....

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>In the case of pre-1923 (?) maps, I think it may turn out that EDR only has
>the rights to the >>>paper copies which it controls<<<, and even that is
>contingent upon the renewal of the copyright.   I believe that, even under
>the revised copyright law, a historical society could republish, distribute,
>etc., a map from, say, the 1890's which it owned.  There may even a question
>as to whether such maps are "data" - like telephone books - or "creative
>works", like novels or paintings.   Even copyrighted "data" sources may be
>republished by non-copyright owners if they present or assemble the material
>in a totally new way - say, with snapshots of each building, arranged by
>address, instead of area-wide maps.
>Although it is wonderful that commercial (and even non-profit) organizations
>can find $$$ in republishing archives, a number of them exercise unduly tight
>control over what is, really, in the public domain.
>Christopher Gray
>Author, "Streetscapes", to be published May 2003 by Harry N. Abrams, Inc.
>Office for Metropolitan History
>246 West 80th Street, #8, NYC  10024
>212-799-0520  fax -0542
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Cindy Amrhein
Town of Alabama Historian
in Genesee Co., NY
Experience the Town of Alabama in Genesee County, NY.
APHNYS (Association of Public Historians of New York State)

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